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All-American Jenna Orlandini continues to thrive with Washington volleyball

Former Tologs standout to take part in NCAA Final Four on Thursday.

December 18, 2013|By Grant Gordon and Charles Rich
  • Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy alumna Jenna Orlandini and her University of Washington women's volleyball team advanced to the NCAA Final Four. (Courtesy of Red Box Pictures)
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy alumna Jenna Orlandini…

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Jenna Orlandini (Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, 2008) Washington volleyball senior: It’s been a busy last couple of weeks for Orlandini.

The former All-Area first-team selection is making final preparations leading up to the Huskies taking part in the NCAA Final Four. Washington tasted plenty of success in the Pac-12 Conference and has done the same throughout its deep postseason journey. In addition, Orlandini received All-American honors Wednesday.

Orlandini was one of three Washington athletes to receive All-American recognition by the American Volleyball Coaches Assn. She earned honorable mention. Teammates Krista Vansant and Kaleigh Nelson picked up first- and third-team recognition, respectively. It marked the first time that the Huskies hailed three All-Americans since 2010.

Orlandini, a libero, and the third-seeded Huskies will meet second-seeded Penn State in a semifinal match at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Key Arena in Seattle. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2. The winner will meet top-seeded Texas or 12th-seeded Wisconsin in the championship match at 6:30 p.m. Saturday live on ESPN2.

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Washington (30-2, 18-2 in conference) is seeking its first championship since 2005. Orlandini, who helped the Huskies capture the conference championship for the first time since 2005, has participated in 447 career sets. She’s tied for second all-time and three sets away from sharing the mark. Orlandini ranks third in career digs with 1,968, good for 12th in conference history.

Orlandini returned to Los Angeles for the regional final at USC’s Galen Center. Washington overcame a 2-0 deficit to storm back and top sixth-seeded USC on Saturday. She finished with 22 digs and seven assists to help lift the Huskies to a 26-28, 23-25, 25-22, 25-18, 17-15 victory. In a regional semifinal match against 23rd-seeded Kansas on Friday, Orlandini contributed nine digs in Washington’s 25-18, 25-13, 26-24 victory.

Orlandini earlier earned conference honorable mention and was selected to the All-Pacific North Region team.

Nick Dragovich, (Crescenta Valley High, 2010) Chapman University basketball senior: Dragovich and the Panthers have fared well lately, winning three of their last four games entering Saturday’s nonconference home contest against UC Santa Cruz. Chapman is 5-3, 2-1 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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